Jeffrey Ferguson allegedly confessed to killing wife in text

Orange County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ferguson was arrested after police received reports of a shooting at a home in California and found the judge’s wife, Sheryl Ferguson, shot inside, said Anaheim police Sgt. Jon McClintock. (Mugshot from Anaheim Police Department; Crime scene photo from Paul Bersebach/The Orange County Register via AP)

A 72-year-old superior court judge in California charged in the drunken murder of his wife in their plush family home after a night out to dinner allegedly confessed to the shooting in a text to his bailiff and clerk minutes after the bloodshed.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ferguson is accused of pulling a loaded .40 caliber pistol from his ankle holster and shooting his wife, Sheryl Ferguson, 65, through the chest at close range in front of his adult son in the living room of their home in Anaheim on the evening of Aug. 3, court documents obtained by Law&Crime said.

“I just lost it. I just shot my wife. I won’t be in tomorrow. I will be in custody. I’m so sorry,” he allegedly said within minutes of the killing, in a text message to his court clerk and bailiff, who thought it was a joke.

The details came out in a bail motion filing from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office seeking non-monetary conditions to supplement his $1 million bail, set for a hearing on Tuesday. Ferguson faces three counts, including murder and firearm charges, in the slaying. He was free on $1 million bail, court records show. His arraignment is set for Sept. 1.

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